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Description - Bench Press by Sven Lindqvist

In the late eighties, Sven Lindqvist fell into conversation with an evangelical bodybuilder while relaxing in the sauna after his weekly swim. Their conversation challenged Lindqvist's view of the sport as macho, vain and individualistic, and led to his first attendance at the local gym. In Bench Press, Lindqvist takes us through his own journey in the gym, but in the process also recounts the entertaining and bizarre history of bodybuilding. He meditates on what its increased popularity tells us about contemporary society, quoting from Arnold Schwarzenegger and other illuminating sources. The book is classic Lindqvist - written in a pared-down, poetic style, it is an intoxicating blend of philosophical and political insight, emotion and strange, forgotten corners of history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781862075726
ISBN-10: 1862075727
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 136mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 23-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sven Lindqvist

Sven Lindqvist was born in 1932 in Stockholm, where he still lives. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, and is the author of some thirty books, including the highly acclaimed Desert Divers, which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph 2001 Travel Book Award, 'Exterminate All The Brutes' and A History of Bombing.

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